The Langtang Valley Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the world, spanning over Nepal’s Himalayan landscape. While searching for the Lost Yak, the Tibetans came across Langtang. In the local language, “Langtang” translates to “the place where yak was found”. 

Trekkers seeking spectacular scenery, a distinct culture, and kind hospitality used to love the Langtang Valley. The Langtang region offers a wide variety of trekking opportunities. Helambu, Gosainkunda, Langtang Valley, and Helambu-Langtang treks are a few of the well-liked treks. 

Langtang National Park is a part of the Langtang Valley Trek. Himalayan pheasants, deer, bears, yak pastures, monkeys, and the elusive red panda can all be found in the national park.

Anyone wishing to trek in the Langtang Valley or the Langtang region has to obtain two types of permits. They are the Langtang National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS card. Without these permits, you are not able to enter the region. So you should make sure you have both of these permits with you. 

This authorization is required for all foreign nationals, including citizens of SAARC nations. Throughout the trekking route, numerous checkpoints will ask you to present your permit. Therefore, carry them with you at all times. 

Permit Types 

Langtang National Park Entry Permit

You need to obtain a permit to enter the Langtang section of the Langtang National Park. You will be strolling through a lot of Langtang National Park during the trek. Established in 1976, Langtang National Park spans an area of 1710 meters.

Given that the Langtang region is a protected area, the permission allows for the restriction of trekkers, the mitigation of adverse environmental consequences, and the raising of funds for the development and preservation of the region. 

You can get the Langtang trekking permit from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. Purchasing it at the Dhunche or Syabrubesi entrance point is another alternative.

Cost of Permit

Type of CitizenCost
SAARC CitizenNPR 1500 (US $15)
Foreign citizenNPR 3000(US $30)
Nepali CitizenNPR 100 (US $1)

Note: Children below the age of 10 do not require a permit.

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card

The Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) permission is an additional authorization required for the Langtang Trek. It helps to document the information of trekkers and ensures their safety and security.

It assists the relevant authorities in monitoring travellers to guarantee their safety and offer essential assistance in the event of an emergency. At each trail checkpoint, individuals register in the system by bringing this card. During the walk, the same permit can be used to pass through multiple regions, but it can only be used once.

You may obtain the TIMS card from The Nepal Tourism Board or the secretariats of the Trekkers’ Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Pokhara and Kathmandu. 

Cost of Card

TIMS cards come in three different colours: pink, blue, and green. 

TrekkersCost Card Color
Solo Trekker ( Non SAARC)NPR 2000 (US $20)Green
Solo Trekker (SAARC)NPR 600 (US $6)Pink
Trek Group (Non SAARC)NPR 1000 (US $10)Blue
Trek Group (SAARC)NPR 300 (US $3)Pink

Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park Entry Permit

Some trekkers, choose a different route that goes via the Gosaikunda-Helambu route. You will require an admission permit to Shivapuri National Park if you are talking about this path. 

Similar to the Langtang National Park permit, you can obtain this one at the Shivapuri entry point or via the Kathmandu Tourism Board.

Cost of Permit

Foreign TrekkersNPR 1000 ($10)
SAARC TrekkersNPR 600 ($6)
LocalsNPR 50

Note: Children below the age of 10 do not require a permit.

Required Documents for Obtaining Permits

  • 2-4 passport-size photos for the permit papers.
  • Nepali Currency to pay for the form.
  • Detail of trekking itinerary and trekking area.
  • Evidence of insurance for trekking and travel. 
  • Valid Nepali tourist visa and valid passport with at least 6 months validity.

Why Are Permits Required?

  • Permit contributes to keeping the trekkers safe and secure. 
  • To confirm the authorities’ established local rules and regulations. 
  • To guarantee the trekkers’ protection and legal rights while they are travelling.
  • To compile information on visitor numbers, preferences, and demographics.
  • The permits help create cleaner trails and less congested paths by limiting the number of hikers.
  • The local government maintains the trails with the money you pay for the permit.
  • Should an emergency arise, such as a landslide, earthquake, etc., the information will help the authorities assist you. 
  • A portion of the proceeds is used to support the growth and preservation of the Langtang region’s tourism industry. 

Can you trek the Langtang Valley without a permit?

You must have a permit to enter the Langtang Valley since it is a protected area under Langtang National Park. At several trail checkpoints, you will need to present your permits. If you don’t have the permits, you need to purchase permits on the path and pay additional fines.

Trekking in this area without the necessary permissions is prohibited and is not advised, it is considered illegal. In the worst situation, you can also be charged with a crime and punished by the state. You could be subject to penalties, expulsion, or legal trouble, among other dire consequences.

Rules and Regulations

  • Trekkers are required to follow the established trekking routes without deviating from them.
  • Other than at designated locations, trekkers are not allowed to leave trash or litter in the trekking area.
  • It is expected of trekkers to respect the local customs and culture and refrain from doing anything that would infuriate the locals.
  • Permits must always be obtained on an individual basis when trekking.

Final Say

The Langtang Valley Trek is the ideal journey for people who wish to take the off-the-beaten route and encounter something wholly distinct from many of the nation’s more popular tourist spots. Trekkers of all ages can benefit from this ideal altitude as it rises gradually past rocky farmlands and gorgeous subtropical Langtang woods.

However, you need to obtain permits to enter this spectacular region. You must be aware that having these permits will be advantageous to the country as a whole as well as the person applying for the permission. 

Authentication and access are granted via permits for travel within the designated area. It guarantees your security and safety while you are in the Langtang area. As stated in this blog, obtaining the required permits is therefore essential to fully enjoying the Langtang Valley Trek.

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